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Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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RE[2]: I'm A Little Surprised...
by Morgan on Fri 17th Sep 2010 01:53 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm A Little Surprised..."
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

As you said, you bought the Vaio after the Mac, and you didn't say exactly when the purchases were made, just that they were three months apart. I'm going to assume you bought them a little less than a year ago, as the MacBook you describe is a mid-2009 model.

So, a few points:

* You're not going to get a 1920x1080 screen at 13 inches, Mac or PC; you're comparing a 15" to a 13" and complaining about the difference in resolution?
* Apple has yet to put a Core-i series processor in the MacBook line; they reserve that for the MacBook Pro line, which does have a 15 inch model.
* The current MacBook has NV 320M graphics and DDR3 RAM; as I said I'm not sure when you purchased each machine but I felt it was worth mentioning.
* You never mention what you paid for the Vaio; the one my sister has is roughly comparable to the MacBook that was in production when she bought it and the Vaio was about $100 more expensive.

Another problem with Macs is that they don't offer low ends, like the healthy netbook market.


Well Apple has always said they wouldn't know how to make a sub-$500 laptop that wouldn't suck. My personal view is that the MacBook is their netbook: It's their lowest end model, it has excellent battery life, and considering that netbooks have steadily risen in both screen size and price -- they now average $600 when you look at all laptops marketed as "netbooks", including 12" and 13" models -- I'd say it falls neatly into the high end of the netbook market.

And you're right about something else too; for most Mac users, it's as much or more about the OS as the hardware. That's definitely the case for me.

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pos3 Member since:
2010-06-25

Well Apple has always said they wouldn't know how to make a sub-$500 laptop that wouldn't suck.

Aren't the components manufactured in china? Hence cost of components should be similar to other dell/hp components. What we are paying extra would be brand and design.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

You're pretty much right. What I think they meant by that statement is, they can't keep to the same build quality and finish as the MacBook, in a 10-inch form factor, at $500 or lower and still make a profit.

Granted, that statement was made two years ago and since then netbooks have generally increased in quality while staying at or below that price point. I still maintain that the current MacBook is about as low as they're willing to go when it come to price vs performance.

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